|Did Jesus have enough followers? If he had more the Romans would've been screwed!|
Hello readers and followers... yes there is a difference you see. I have been studiously checking my Google Analytics now for months and months, it's what out of work researchers do! What I've noticed is a very confusing trend. My blog attracts an awful lot of 'unique' visitors. They come and read maybe 7 or 8 of my articles and in some cases significantly more. It's not rare to have somebody read upwards of 15 of my blogs in one sitting, very, very brave souls indeed! Then they sod off. I'm not sure if any of them return, but I'd suggest that my followers actually only make up about 20% to maybe 25% of my overall 'hits' counter on my blog, although they do provide 87% of my comments. Then there are the repeat viewers, or the silent lurkers as I like to call them. These guys and gals (I don't get gender stats off of Google Analytics) are arguably the most frustrating to us bloggers, and to me personally. They come back time and time again to read your various articles, and I'm massively grateful they do, but there's a nagging doubt with these people...
|Luca Giordano, 1860's - National Gallery|
How the hell do I do it? If you are one of these many lurkers that I have at this blog I'd love to hear from you, my email is TheFrontlineGamerBlog@gmail.com. Is it because setting up a Google Reader or Blogger account is just too much hassle? Or is it that you don't know how? Or is it that you simply don't want to follow my Blog? That's fine if that's the case, I'm just grateful people want to read the stuff I put out there. I mean when I started this Blog with my embarrassingly poor first effort almost a ten months ago now, I would have been ecstatic, if you'd told me ten months down the line I'd have been getting so many people reading what I was producing and so many others commenting. I currently haven't set myself any 'numerical' targets, I just want to make my Blog 'better'. For that I need to get the feedback and input from all these people who visit my little corner of the Internet. So pretty much only having the tacit feedback from those wonderful individuals who have actually commented on my Blog, or joined as a follower is a little frustrating... although obviously I'm grateful to the stalwart souls who have joined and contributed to the Blog. In fact I'm immensely grateful to them and I'll be showing my appreciation as much as I can!
|Caravaggio, Taking of Christ, 1602 - National Gallery of Ireland|
So I guess rather than a 'sermon' this is more of a plea really. I want to make this Blog better for everyone who reads these pages. If you don't want to follow this Blog that's fine too, but can I ask that you do leave comments and feedback? Even if it's just to let me know that you found an article boring, just tell me why. After all there is absolutely zero point me continuing to expend effort on articles, and doing all the work involved if you don't like them, is there? So I'm asking for all the disenfranchised readers of this Blog to get involved. You know who you are, and you know what it is you like, stand up and be counted. I need the voices from as many people as I can get, negative as well as positive, to make this place better. That is my ultimate aim, to make this place much, much more useful, entertaining, or whatever than it is now. I don't want to sound all corporate, but continuous improvement is important to me as a writer. It's what has driven me thus far in my blogging 'career'. The need to get better and improve at this, whatever 'this' is and the contribution from followers has really helped me focus my efforts. The feedback and comments I've received have helped me tweak my writing style, my articles and this Blog all for the better I feel.
|The Pied Piper of Hamlin - Kate Greenaway, from Robert Browning's version of the tale|
In terms of increasing followers for increasing followers sake I'm not too sure I'm at that stage yet. Although I certainly know that it is a distinct possibility that I could get like that, I certainly have that sort of 'personality' that might get obsessive about seeing counters and figures going up or down. I know I could probably increase my followers by logging onto to as many Blogs as I can, following them, and then saying 'hey I'm following you, could you follow me?' The really annoying thing about some of those guys is that they say they're following when they're clearly not! They also annoyingly leave links to their Blogs all over your comments pages. Bah, so I'm not going down that route. If I follow your Blog it's because I like what you're doing and have taken something from it. I'd like the same to be true of the people following me. Although conversely if I'm not following your Blog it doesn't necessarily mean I think it's rubbish, I might just not have seen it. I guess if I was in work I could give out more free gifts, like I'm doing with Tribes of Legend, and a few more things I have planned. Things to maintain my current followers and say thank you to them. This might help grow my followers from the 'readers' of this Blog as well. Trust me, it's something I've seriously considered, and it definitely something I will look to do more of in the future. But, given my employment status I'm highly likely to be limited by the prize draws I can do and there amount. Peace out!